Simone Inzaghi remained bullish about his team’s chances of qualifying to the next stage of the Europa League after losing 1-0 to Sevilla at home.
Yassim Ben Yedder scored the only goal of the game to secure the win by an early tap-in at the Olimpico, although Simon Kjaer needed a goal-line clearance to deny the equaliser.
However, Inzaghi feels a draw would’ve been a fair reflection of the game heading into the next leg.
“We conceded an avoidable goal, we knew the danger of their counter-attacks and they did cause us problems on three or four occasions,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.
“We had some situations in the attack that we should’ve taken better, but we were well-organised and did not deserve to lose.
Inzaghi equally gave an injury update after some key play suffered some injuries.
“I was forced into three substitutions due to injuries, so my choices were limited.
“Marco Parolo’s ankle turned over after just give minutes and it’s very swollen now, so we can rule him out of Sunday’s Serie A game. Luis Alberto felt a muscular problem and we’ll have to see.
“We weren’t surprised by Sevilla, as we knew they’d play at a slow tempo and then go on the counter. A draw would’ve been the fair result, but we must accept the defeat.
“Now we’ll give it our best in Seville and it’s not a positive result, but we can still qualify. Hopefully, we’ll have a few more men available by then.”
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